Windows 8 Also Deprecated on January 12th

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2016 - 10:31 PM |
Tagged: Windows 8.1, windows 8, microsoft

So I was just browsing ZDNet when I came across a post by Ed Bott. Turns out that Microsoft, on top of deprecating Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10, will also end support for the original Windows 8 on that date. To receive security updates, users will need to install the Windows 8.1 update first. Alternatively, if they have Windows 8 Pro, they can exercise their downgrade rights and install Windows 7 Pro. You can also install Windows 10, but I'm sure Microsoft has told you that ad nauseum.

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They reason for this is because Windows 8.1 is considered a service pack. Microsoft allows service packs to be delayed for up to 24 months before they stop developing security updates. Once they upgrade to Windows 8.1, they will remain supported until 2018 with “extended” support until 2023. Windows 7 will continue to be supported until 2020.

The vast majority of our readers probably don't care. One or two might have an old laptop that you've never bothered pushing the service pack on, or they work for an enterprise IT firm that will have an annoying week starting Monday.

Source: ZDNet

January 9, 2016 | 12:21 AM - Posted by AS118 (not verified)

Honestly, the one laptop I had, I already have 8.1 on. That said, this is good info to know, regardless.

January 9, 2016 | 04:49 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud


January 9, 2016 | 09:43 PM - Posted by Magneto91

Windows 8.1 was shit. I think Windows 10 is shit too

January 12, 2016 | 06:41 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Who cares? Most people don't install Microsoft updates or even know they exist. Millions of people are still using "unsupported" software like Windows XP, which is on 10% of computers and a great operating system. Supported or unsupported makes no difference.

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